Paul Jewell backs Harry Redknapp to be the new England manager
IPSWICH Town manager has backed Harry Redknapp to be given the vacant job of England manager.
Fabio Capello yesterday resigned as manager of the Three Lions just four months before the start of the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.
The Italian is yet to fully explain his reasons for walking, but it is understood he was unhappy with the way The Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy – due to his delayed court case over on-field racism allegations – without consulting him first.
With England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce having been put in temporary charge for a friendly against Holland later this month, with FA chairman David Bernstein – currently in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates – admitting that the preference would be for an English or British appointment.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp – having been cleared of tax evasion charges yesterday – has been made the bookies’ clear favourite to land the role, something Blues boss Jewell backs.
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He said: “In football there is always a peoples’ choice and I guess Harry (Redknapp) is the peoples’ choice at the moment – apart from Tottenham fans of course.
“I think, among people in football, he’s the one that would get the nod as well. Players, managers, coaches and supporters – everyone seems to be behind Harry. He’d certainly have the respect of the players and the goodwill of the supporters.”
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He continued: “You’re always surprised when a manager resigns four months before a tournament.
“Whether it was the right decision or wrong decision (to strip Terry of the captaincy), the manager wasn’t consulted and I can understand Capello’s annoyance at that. At the end of the day he’s the manager and he needs to be consulted and, by the sounds of it, that decision was taken away from him.
“He feels it undermines his authority and I can see that. I can see both sides of the story though and they (The FA) felt something needed to be done about John Terry. I don’t have a view on that (racism allegations) by the way, I’m too busy trying to run my club.
“In my opinion it was something that should have been done jointly (between Capello and FA) behind closed doors.”